Rich Family Endowment

Rich Family Endowment 
Community-based and student-led projects to address social issues in the City of Houston.

Next round of applications will open end of May for a June 12, 2022 deadline.

Program Overview: 

The Rich Family Endowment is an Act Level program in the Center for Civic Leadership that provides Houston community contacts and priorities, curriculum on civic professionalism and ethical engagement, alumni mentorship, and funding to student leaders for civically engaged projects. Community partners put forward issue focus areas for which they are seeking student-led project proposals that will involve mobilizing fellow students to build the capacity of the organization. Applicants (in partnerships or small groups) will select a community partner and identified need area from the application form (or identify a partner and opportunity on their own) and propose a correlating project idea they would like to work on throughout the spring semester in preparation for summer 2022 implementation.

The selected cohort of student leaders will then be supported throughout the development of their project with bi-weekly workshops, alumni mentorship, and collaboration with their community partner. Workshops will be focused on critical philanthropy from the benefactors’ and participants’ perspective of the process, effective strategies for mobilization and leadership of peers, and ensuring ethical and effective project development.

In order to support the summer implementation of RFE projects, all student leaders will receive a $900 stipend for their work. 


Program Timeline (Spring 2022)

● Application released: week of January 17

● Info session, partner meetings, and advising sessions: weeks of January 17, 24, and 31

● Applications due: Sunday, February 6th at 11:59pm Central Time

● Selection Committee meeting and announcements: week of February 14th

● Cohort and alumni mentor meetings begin: week of February 21st

● Project implementation begins: May or June depending on individual project timelines

● Projects completed: by end of August 2022

● Showcase of RFE projects: TBD (late August, early September)

Contact: Morgan Kinney, Associate Director,, 713-348-4327

Student Ambassadors: Kamil Cook,, Emily Weaver,, Maria Alejandra Mora,


Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Phone: 713-348-2223
Fax: 713-348-5885



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